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Red rice with Sugar Snaps, Pistachios and Vegan Sausages with Carrot and Celery Salad

By Sharda ten Hove on 01 October 2012

This vegan recipe is easy to make, very nutritious and looks very colorful which stimulates your taste buds! Before getting into the preparation of this delicious vegan dish, lets first find out more how beneficial the ingredients are for your health and wellbeing.

Red rice is a traditional chinese medicine which aids in lowering cholesterol. Pistachios are a great source of anti oxidants, also help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase HDL (good) cholesterol, they protect blood vessels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Furthermore these yummie green nuts are loaded with vit.B6, the vitamin which is needed to produce hemoglobin, a protein responsible for carrying oxygen through the blood to the cells.
Sugarsnaps are also a good source of vit.B6 and vit.C which helps to protect DNA structures from damage and builds your immune system. Another important mineral found in sugarsnaps is iron which is responsible for forming normal blood cells.
The rice dish is prepared in coconut oil. Coconut oil increases your overall immunity, supports proper digestion and metabolism, relieves kidney issues and are good for your hair, skin, teeth and bones.
The main ingredient of vegetarian sausages is wheat gluten; a natural source of protein. Vegetable protein helps to lower the risk of prostate cancer. It also reduces cholesterol and is also high in calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Another important vitamin in vegetable protein is Vit.B12, the vitamin that keeps your nerves and red blood cells healthy.

The raw salad is made of carrots, celery and alfalfa sprouts. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A responsible for good eye sight and healthy skin. Study has also proven that carrots help in reducing the risk of eye diseases as well as reducing the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. And if you wish to maintain a youthful glow the eat carrots for they help to slow down the aging of cells.
Celery provide your body with vit.K, C, A and calcium all building your immune system and separately promoting strong bones, healthy skin, hair and eye sight.
Alfalfa Sprouts are excellent sources of fiber (essential for proper digestion and metabolism), protein, vit.B and K.
Avocado is high in oleic acid, which can help prevent breast cancer as well as prostate cancer. They also help prevent the risk of eye diseases, reduce risk of heart failures due to the level of Vit.E, lower cholesterol and is also an age preventing fruit.

How to prepare this easy to make and nutritious recipe:

Cook 1 cup of rice in 2 cups of water, let it cook for about 15minutes and try if the rice is cooked well.
In the mean time wash and clean the sugar snaps, you want to remove the strings before you steam them. You do this by first pulling the stem downwards, pulling the strings with it.
Cook or even better steam the sugar snaps. Vitamins are best maintained when vegetables are shortly steamed and you can keep the vegetable water and drink it when it’s cooled off, it’s loaded with all the vitamins and minerals.
Peel the shells of the pistachios and roast them in a fry pan/wok.
Cut the sausages in small cubes and stir fry them with the pistachios in some coconut oil.
Turn off the heat and start with your salad.

Put the carrots and celery stalks in your food processor until they are chopped.
Mix the mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and toss the salad with the dressing in a bowl. Add the alfalfa sprouts and toss again.

When the sugar snaps and rice are ready, add them in the wok and stir fry on a low fire.

Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit and cut in slices. Sprinkle some himalayan salt over the avocado and decorate your plate with the slices, salad and rice.

Enjoy and feel good!

About the author


Sharda ten Hove

Founder, Ethical Vegan, Yogi, Social Activist

Sharda was born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Descended from an Indian mother and Dutch father, she received a multi-cultural upbringing during which she gained a broad perspective on life.…  Read full bio

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